Monday, September 24, 2018
I put a 'barely there' finish on it that I often use for wooden frames. This consists of half odorless thinner, half linseed oil and a dab of oil paint in the color I wanted. In this case, it was a tiny amount of burnt sienna with the tiniest dab of bright red. I wanted this mixture to just tint the wood instead of it being an opaque, totally covering finish. With this finish, the wood grain shows through which I thought suited this carving.
Wood carving is good for a change of pace that helps charge the artistic atoms! It uses a different part of the brain and it's sometimes a struggle to switch from 2-D thinking to 3-D but I think this 3-D 'practice' helps me paint better 2-D images.
I may not ever be a great wood carver but I enjoy it; it's a great stress reliever in a different way from painting and helps keep me off the streets! lol